Seafood and Changes in Consumption

Because in today's business reality many people prefer to spend more time at home and cook their own food, the demand for easy-to-prepare processed seafood has grown.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

At a global level, changes in consumer behavior have been reported, because of the quarantines decreed in several countries of the world by the outbreak of covid-19, people's habits, tastes and preferences have been changing.

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The fear of catching the disease when visiting a restaurant, caused many consumers to choose to prepare their food at home and avoid meals outside the home.

The increased demand for processed seafood that is easy to prepare has created opportunities for producers in the region.

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Maria Olga Menendez, manager of the Aquaculture and Fishing sector of the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport), told Prensalibre.com that "... exports have increased when there is more added value, and it shows that these are the options consumers are looking for now that they spend more time at home and preparing their food."

Prensalibre.com reviews that "... the pandemic forced a change in consumption behavior, for example, customers started looking for cooked, easy-to-handle products such as bags and boxes of ready-to-eat shrimp, and the industry was able to respond to those needs."

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